Tell us about your college experience.
I have wanted to complete my college degree for years but always had excuses as to why I couldn't. I enrolled and attended two other colleges before Ashford. Both of those colleges were brick and mortar schools and I always ended up quitting because I just did not want to spend hours sitting in a classroom and the classes always seemed to be at inconvenient times. When I started considering school again, I was immediately drawn to the online experience and it has worked very well for me.
What advice can you offer other students?
Online classes are not for everyone. It might seem like this would be an easy way to get a degree but believe me, it is not. The instructors expect participation and critical thinking in every aspect of the classroom and the five week courses can at times be overwhelming because there is so much to do in such a short time. Several of my friends are pursuing their degree at the local college in my area and when I tell them the amount of classwork, quizzes, and papers I am required to write, they are surprised. I think this is because this is the only way the instructor can really judge whether the student is understanding the material. Each person has to decide for themselves if this will work or not, but for me it has been the only way to finally accomplish my goal of getting a degree. For anyone who is considering Ashford University's online program, keep in mind that the instructors are not there to GIVE you a degree, you have to earn it. This means there will be times when they will expect a lot of you and you will have to make sacrifices of your time to be sure to give your assignments your all. I am sure, like with any school, there are instructors who are tougher than others but I have found that while some instructors have been very demanding, they are all fair. Everyone's situation is different so if you are having problems, email the instructor one on one, and get clarification, extra attention, or whatever is needed. Finally, be proud of your accomplishments. Do not let others try to make you feel like getting an online degree is "less" than getting one from a brick and mortar classroom. As many of my friends have told me, they would not have been able to do the amount of work I have done to get my degree. I am looking to graduate soon and am very proud to be finally reaching my goal.